Bangalore airport's expansion of its passenger terminal building will begin this month and is expected to be complete by December 2012. Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has won the bid for the Rs 1,000-crore project.
The expansion has become necessary as the current terminal is operating at full capacity. The expanded terminal will have a capacity of 17 million passengers. A release from the airport said it would have the flexibility to expand to 20 million. A late assessment by the governmental airport agency, Airports Authority of India, puts Bangalore airport's capacity at less than 10 million. Currently it handles 33,000 passeÂngers a day, and an annual flow of over 12 million. Bangalore's passenger traffic is growing at 18 per cent annually, higher than the national average of 16 per cent.
The expanded terminal will sport an entirely enhanced design elevation. The new roof design will also expand the weather-protected area up to the pick-up-and drop point.
Private promoters hold 74 per cent stake (Siemens 40 per cent, GVK 29, and Unique Zurich 5). The airport said it is also undertaking a comprehensive review of the master plan. This may decide on matters like a second terminal and runway and the airport city.